“The reason I know all of these stories is that my mom is a genealogist. But as she says, she’s a family storyteller. And she describes that across all her decades of research and interviews, the war story is the same: These are not numbers. Every life is unique, every loss grieved.” — Emily Compagno

Every life matters. Every story matters. Every loss matters. Read more of Emily Compagno’s reflections on growing up in a military family and the importance of preserving veterans’ stories here.